Ossoff, Warnock speak on shared Democratic values in Augusta rally
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Speaking to a crowd of Democrats ahead of Tuesday’s runoff election, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock each shared what they plan to do if elected to the Senate.
In a rally where both spoke for almost 30 minutes total, Ossoff and Warnock spoke on the high-stakes that exist in their pair of races that will determine who controls the Senate as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take the oath of office on Jan. 20.
“I want you to feel the potential here,” Ossoff said. “We’re on the cusp of the great victory that opens the door to so much good work on behalf of the people.”
Ossoff said during the event that he and Warnock both support a $2,000 stimulus check to help struggling families and the need for greater health care opportunities as the COVID-19 continues.
“You deserve senators who are looking out for your financial well-being and not their own stock portfolios, at all times. And if you send me and Rev. Warnock to the Senate, we’ll deliver those $2,000 stimulus checks that they’re blocking,” Ossoff said.
Ossoff also pledged that the pair would deliver a new voting rights act and civil rights act.
The biggest elephant in the room was also addressed: a recent Washington Post report on President Donald Trump calling Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger’s office to “find” enough votes to overturn the presidential race.
Warnock spoke on the phone call that has dominated the headlines in the past 24 hours.
“I don’t want you to focus on the man on the telephone behind the curtain yesterday or whatever it was, because whether he knows it or not he’s on his way out,” Warnock said.
Warnock went further, saying that Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were “aiding and abetting” the president in his attempts to overturn the election results.
“They could be standing up right now for the voices of the people of Georgia, but instead of standing up for you, they’re thinking about themselves,” Warnock said.
At last check, just over 2.5 million registered voters have voted during the early voting period of Dec. 14 to Dec. 31 -- a record for a runoff election.
Meanwhile, more voters are set to head to the polls Tuesday as control of the Senate weighs in the balance.
The Augusta rally is just one of a handful of rallies set to dot the Peach State on Monday. Vice President Mike Pence will speak on behalf of Loeffler and Perdue at one in Milner, Ga., and President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are speaking at another in Atlanta.
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